Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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Brockley Street Art Festival

This community-run eight-day festival will bring some extra colour to Brockley with a range of artistic events and activities. Share your food memories in a mural with food-loving artists Gourmandizing (May 30), discover knitted street art with Deadly Knitshade (Jun 2) and find out how graffiti became art in a talk by aerosol writer The Artful Dodger and anthropologist David Holloway (Jun 4).

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Various London venues Friday May 29 2015 - Saturday June 6 2015 Free
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Natural History Museum Late

A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant. Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.

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Natural History Museum Friday May 29 2015 - Friday October 30 2015
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Embankment Summer Market

From the team behind last year’s Soho Flea Market comes the Embankment Summer Market, which brings together artisans, fashion designers and musicians – not to mention plenty of food and drink, a farmers’ market and family entertainment. City Showcase have curated a winning selection of over 180 stalls: look out for contemporary jewellery from Maya Magal, colourful babywear from We Are Scamp and handmade homewares from Annette Bugansky. The delicious street food line up includes The Cheese Truck, The Duck Truck and Saltwood Fish Bar. it's a not-for-profit event  in support of The Connection at St Martin’s charity, which helps homeless people in Central London. 

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Victoria Embankment Gardens Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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Rockaoke

If, like garishly face-painted ’80s rockers KISS, you just love to rock and roll all nite, Rockaoke is clearly the gig for you. Wail and shriek through tons of rock and punk classics, plus a bit of pop and indie if you’re more Mumford than Metallica. And don’t worry if your air guitar needs re-stringing: at Rockaoke you’re backed by a four-piece live band who’ll riff and tub-thump you through your chosen anthem. Just remember not to strain that pelvis while you're holding a serious rock lunge as you're tearing into Boston’s ‘More than a Feeling’.

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Star of Kings Friday May 29 2015 - Thursday November 19 2015
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The London Improvathon 2015

The annual London Improvathon – which is now in its eigth year – features 50 hours of continuous made-up-on-the-spot funnies from 20 actors plus guest artists. This year, the team are planning on improvising a whole 25-episode soap opera, all set in Hollywood. For those prepared to go the whole hog, a 50-hour pass is on sale. Or if you'd prefer to pop along for an hour or two, tickets are available for each episode (two hours). The show runs from 7pm on Friday May 29 right through to 9pm on Sunday May 31.

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LOST Theatre Friday May 29 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
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The New Girlfriend

Romain Duris has legs to die for in this smart, insightful French comedy about a crossdressing Dad

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